Dental Implants – Austin, TX
Permanently Replace Your Missing Teeth
Even a single missing tooth can lead to serious oral health complications. If you’re missing more than one tooth, you may experience severe challenges on a day to day basis. While modern dentistry offers a few different treatments for filling in the gaps and restoring dental function, dental implants in Oak Hill are the most effective and longest-lasting way to replace missing teeth. Dr. Jack Fan is proud to provide comprehensive implant dentistry to the Austin community. Contact our team today if you would like to take advantage of this life-changing treatment.
Benefits of Dental Implants
The most outstanding benefits of dental implants include:
- Total tooth replacement. Most tooth replacement options just replace the visible portion of missing teeth. A dental implant replaces the entire tooth, including the root.
- Bone preservation. Implants bond with the bone around them, thereby helping to preserve the jaw’s density and shape.
- Dental implants can last for a lifetime if they’re well cared for. Their restorations (the artificial teeth that go on top of the implants) can last for well over a decade.
- A high success rate. Dental implants are successful in over 95 percent of cases.
- Natural function. Dental implants are extremely sturdy. They can restore your ability to eat practically anything, whether it’s a juicy steak, a crunchy apple, or your favorite movie night snacks.
- Remarkable aesthetics. Implant restorations are carefully crafted to mimic to the appearance of natural teeth. It’s highly unlikely that onlookers will be able to tell that you’ve had any work done.
- Easy maintenance. In many ways, caring for dental implants is just like caring for natural teeth.
Indications for Dental Implants
Dental implants are a suitable solution for all levels of tooth loss, whether you’re missing just one tooth or an entire arch of teeth.
Missing Single Tooth
If you are missing just one tooth, Dr. Fan will place a single dental implant within your jawbone. He’ll place a custom crown on top of the implant to replace the visible portion of your missing tooth.
Missing Multiple Teeth
An implant supported bridge is ideal for replacing multiple missing teeth in a row. Two implants support the bridge, and they’re connected to dental crowns. Pontics (artificial teeth) “bridge” the space between the crowns.
Missing All Teeth
Dr. Fan can replace an entire arch of teeth with just 6 – 8 strategically placed dental implants. The dentures that attach to the implants may be permanently screwed into place. Overdentures, removable prostheses that snap onto the implants, are also an option for many patients.
Understanding the Cost of Dental Implants
Admittedly, dental implants cost more than other tooth replacement solutions. Preliminary work, the implant placement surgery, and the final restoration each come with its own price. When you visit us for your consultation, we’ll be able to provide you with an estimate for the cost of your treatment. We’ll also help you explore financing and insurance options that might help you fit your new smile into your budget. The many benefits that dental implants in South Austin offer make them worth the price! They’re a smart investment in your oral health, appearance, and confidence.
Advanced Dental Implant Procedures
While more people are eligible for dental implants than ever, there are some cases where preparatory measures are needed before they can be safely implanted into the jaw. These treatments specifically refer to bone grafts and sinus lifts, two procedures designed to expand the amount of bone volume currently present within the jaw. Bone grafts are intended to use bone material, either from a donor or another area of the patient’s body, to expand the amount of bone available in the jaw. Sinus lifts are performed when bone mass needs to be increased, specifically in the upper jaw.
Dental Implant FAQ
If you’re learning about dental implants for the first time, you’re probably wondering if they are the right treatment for you or what the treatment even entails. Dr. Fan gets many questions when it comes to dental implants because people understand the benefits behind them, even if they aren’t sure if they should pursue treatment. That’s why we’ve included a handful of the most common questions we receive as well as their detailed answers below.
How Long Does the Treatment Process Take?
Overall, dental implants can take between six and eight months to complete from the consultation to the restoration being placed on top of the implant. Of course, the length of your treatment can be longer depending on the number of teeth you need to replace as well as their location. If you need additional treatments to make dental implants viable, such as bone grafts or periodontal (gum) therapy, then additional time will be needed to accommodate these concerns. We want to make sure that your dental implant treatment is a total success, and that requires sufficient planning time for your surgery and eventual restoration.
Will My Dental Implants Last for Life?
Typically, dental implants can last between 25 and 30 years without concern. As long as you practice daily oral care and maintain visits to our office, we’re sure that your dental implant will last several decades. They are designed to adhere to the bone and soft tissue inside your mouth, creating an everlasting bond that can withstand daily chewing and feel incredibly natural while doing it. We’ll do everything we can to ensure that your dental implants last as long as possible.
How Do I Protect My Dental Implant?
Keeping your dental implant healthy is as easy as practicing daily oral care like you would normally. This includes brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing at least once a day, especially around the restoration that sits on top of the implant. While restorations cannot develop decay, it’s still possible for the gum tissue sitting underneath it to become infected if enough plaque develops around the area. This is why it is so important to practice daily oral care.
Can Dental Implants Fail?
While it is rare, dental implants can fail due to a couple of different reasons. The most common is because of tobacco use following the placement of dental implants, especially immediately after surgery. This is because tobacco can irritate the gums and make them inflamed, increasing the overall risk for failure. It’s also possible to develop peri-implantitis, which could result in the need for removal of the implant. By avoiding all tobacco products and committing to routine at-home care, you can avoid these complications.
What Can I Eat with Dental Implants?
Dental implants are designed to mimic teeth almost exactly. This means that you can eat just about anything that you could have prior to receiving the tooth replacement. Whether you want to chew a thick cut of steak, bite into your favorite kind of apple, or eat a handful of nuts, dental implants allow you to do so with confidence.